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Mail your forms, documents
and evidence here...
Department of Veterans Affairs
Claims Intake Center
PO Box 5235
Janesville, WI 53547-5235


Toll Free Fax: 844-822-5246


We recommend that you mail a copy
and then fax a copy!  Yes, it's twice the
work but maybe VA will only lose one
and the other will be processed.
Remember: Use Certified Mail!

Forms to File Claims

VA Form 21-526EZ
For...
Disability Service Connection
Secondary Service Connection

IncreasedDisability Compensation

Temporary Total Disability Rating
 Individual Unemployability
Compensation under 38 U.S.C. 1151
 Special Monthly Compensation
Specially Adapted Housing

Special Home Adaptation

Automobile Allowance/Adaptive Equipment
Benefits Based on a Veteran's
Seriously Disabled Child


VA Form 21-0958 - NOD
​Notice of Disagreement

VA Form 21-534 EZ

Application for DIC, Death Pension
Change of Address​

TDIU Annual - VA Form 4140
Declaration of Status
of Dependents
VA form 21-686c


How To

How To Apply For SSDI

How To Apply For

TDIU Unemployability

How To Use

Disability Benefits Questionnaires

(DBQ's)

How To Apply For A Disability Rating

How To Apply For An Increase

to an existing rating

How To Retrieve Your

Military Personnel Records


Research Your Claim

The M21-1MR
The CFR
TDIU
SMC

The Schedule For Rating Disabilities




Veterans Benefits

Administration

(VBA)

Fact Sheets

Standard Claims and

Appeals Forms Update

Disability Compensation Benefits

C-123 Aircraft and

Agent Orange Exposure

DBQ's

TDIU

Unemployability

MST

Presumptive Benefits

Special Monthly

Compensation

(SMC)








Many VA Benefits aren't.


Read why and what you

should do about


Permanent & Total (P & T)




C & P Exams & the

Claims Process

New data sheets from VA

http://www.benefits.va.gov

/compensation/claimexam.asp.
If you’ve already been scheduled for a VA

claim exam, but need to reschedule the date

and time, be sure to change your

appointment using the phone number

given to you as soon as possible. For more

information about the claim process, go to www.benefits.va.gov/compensation


VA Claim Exam Factsheet

VA Claim Exam Tips

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

VA Claim Process Step-by-Step

Mental Health Exam Factsheet

Review Exams Factsheet



Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Veterans Administration [VA]

(DTRA)

Defense Threat Reduction Agency

VA Payment for Emergency Care

Patient Record Flags



OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA

VA Benefits for Sleep Apnea

as a service

connection to PTSD
Brett Valette, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist



Speak With A

Veterans Law Attorney

An Expert Physician

or a

Veterans

Clinical Psychologist

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Case Evaluations Are

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PROCEDURAL Guidance
requests to Add Dependents

Legislation will help Pacific veterans

exposed to Agent Orange
How To Leak To ProPublica

Tech Q&A

Finding veterans' records online
MRI twice as likely as biopsy to spot

prostate cancer, research shows
Become a Freedom Fighter

Join the ACLU
VA starts domestic violence program

Department of Defense Extends

Online Military Exchange

Shopping Privileges to Veterans

Here's What Medicare Part A

Costs and Covers in 2017



Veterans Benefits

Administration

(VBA)

Benefit Brochures

The Fully Developed Claim

eClaim Disability

Compensation Brochure

eBenefits

Your VA & DoD Benefits. Online

Summary of VA Home Loan

Guaranty Benefits

Summary of VA Benefits

Summary of VA Benefits

for Disabled Veterans



The Veterans Voice

International


Opinion   Editorial

News & Views


(Under Construction)




VA SPOTLIGHT

Brett Valette, PhD


UPDATED...April 2017

This is a series of stories

bringing light to the dark side of the

VA’s treatment of some Veterans

applying for disability.  Whether out

of frustration, desperation, anger, or

‘just to make it right” they contacted me, and together, we fought the injustice. 

These are actual cases and claims. 

I have changed names and identifying

information for confidentiality reasons.


Spotlight March 2017

This is the first in a series of stories bringing

light to the dark side of the VA’s treatment

of some Veterans applying for disability. 


Spotlight April 2017

Claim Killer DBQ Questions.
VA Spotlight is a series of stories bringing

light to the dark side of the VA’s treatment

of some Veterans applying for disability.

Whether out of frustration, desperation,

anger, or ‘just to makeit right” they contacted

me, and together, we fought the injustice.


Click Here To Contact Dr. Valette


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Budget Calls for Cuts to VA Programs

as Tradeoff for Extending Choice

Listed as one of the offsets for the extra cost is a new restriction on compensation for veterans

through the VA's "individual unemployability" program.The change, which the budget

describes as a "modernization," would stop the higher payments once a veteran who is eligible

for Social Security payments reaches the minimum age to receive them.

If you're worried about your benefits, you must let Congress know.

If you don't make your opinion heard, you're part of the problem.

How to Contact Your Elected Officials
Learn how to get in touch with your federal, state, and local elected leaders.








I have a job, does that mean I cannot get TDIU?
No. In fact, TDIU (or just “IU) benefits are available under certain situations even if you are
working. However, income earned from employment must be at or below the poverty level, or
from a job that is considered to be “sheltered”. These types of employment are not considered as
substantially gainful employment (SGE), but rather “marginal employment”. Marginal
employment is considered as “earned annual income that does not exceed the poverty threshold
for one person as established by the US Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.” For
2016, the poverty level for which a veteran must be working under was $11,880.
A “sheltered” job could be something like a family business, sheltered workshop, or a position
created or modified to your own needs and is considered to be marginal employment, even if
that job earns an income over the current poverty amount. Sheltered employment means that
you are given special treatment due to your service connected disabilities that would not
normally be given to other employees. For example: a veteran with PTSD works for a family
friend’s business. The family friend provides the veteran with an office and duties that only
require limited interaction with other people. The veteran’s salary pays his bills, and is over the
current poverty threshold. But, because the job has been created to his individual needs (limited
interaction with other people), his job is considered to be sheltered, and therefore falls under
“marginal employment.” The VA cannot consider this job as being SGE, and must not use it
against him in determining IU status.


Questions? Comments? Need More Info?

Roger Hale

Veterans Law Attorney



VA plan slap in face for veterans

This is a copy of a letter I have sent to President Trump. "I implore that you

direct VA Secretary, David Shulkin, to abandon his attempts

to strip benefits from our veterans and disabled veterans."


American Legion big slams Trump’s VA budget proposal as

‘stealth privatization’ attempt to hurt older veterans

Trump has touted his $186 billion plan as veteran-friendly for its $4 billion increase in

discretionary funding. But its increased costs were going to be offset by cuts to services

used by older vets — including rounding down the cost of living increases

for veterans and doing away with a program that helped unemployed ex-military.



Democrats, veterans groups criticize tradeoffs in Trump’s VA budget

Trump’s budget proposes to reinstate a practice to round down veterans’ cost-of-living

adjustments and boot some disabled, unemployed veterans

from a program that allows them to receive higher disability payments.


Still hoping for change at VA

Depression among military veterans too often leads to them committing suicide, in

numbers some view as a crisis. Apparently the Department of

Veterans Affairs does not consider dealing with it a priority.


VA OIG: Poor IT security puts VA's financial info at risk

"Without good information technology security controls, VA’s financial

information may not be safe in terms of confidentiality, integrity and availability,"




OIG blasts VA over IT security controls, calls standards weak, unsafe

This is not the first time the agency was criticized for its security vulnerabilities:

OIG Deputy Assistant Inspector General said the issues have been consistent since 2000.


Idaho woman pleads guilty in veterans benefits ruse

A southwest Idaho woman whose grandmother received benefits as the

wife of a deceased veteran has admitted to collecting

about $91,000 by not reporting her grandmother’s death.


Suspended VA doctor pleads not guilty to drug charges

A suspended Cincinnati VA senior administrator, Dr. Barbara Temeck, pleaded not guilty

to three federal drug charges Wednesday and was released on her own recognizance.







* Can veterans sue the United States for medical malpractice?

* Is there a special process for suing the government?
* Where do you file a lawsuit?

* Isn't it impossible to win a lawsuit against the United States?

* Do I need a local lawyer to file a claim against my local VA or military

health care facility for malpractice?
* Do I need a lot of money to hire a firm such as RawlsMcNelis to bring

a medical malpractice claim against the United States?

Click here for the answers to these and other questions.



From the Desk of Drew Early

Veterans Law Attorney


Retired and divorcing? Believe in 5301 protection?


Hey Jim, This is the latest case (and it’s a Supreme Court case) about VA benefits and

how they are considered when a military retiree is in a divorce situation.  This will serve to further

clarify (or cloud, depending on perspective) an already contentious area for some veterans.
Howell v. Howell, Docket #15-1031 . The Court unanimously held that a “state court may not order

a veteran to indemnify a divorced spouse’s portion of the veteran’s retirement pay caused by

the veteran’s waiver of retirement pay to receive service-related disability benefits.”


Although the 
Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act  allows a state to treat a

military veteran’s retirement pay as community property, it “exempts from this grant of permission

any amount that the Government deducts ‘as a result of a waiver’ that the veteran must
make ‘in order to receive ‘disability benefits.’” The Court therefore held in
Mansell v. Mansell,

490 U.S. 581 (1989), that if a veteran waived a portion of his retirement pay by electing to receive

disability pay and later gets divorced, a state court may not treat the waived retirement pay

as community property. The Court held here that the same result obtains when the

veteran makes that waiver after his divorce — a divorce in which he

agreed to pay his former spouse 50% of his military retirement pay each month.

/s/ Drew Early, Esq.















Dr. Brett Valette provides Military Veterans with psychological

Independent Medical Evaluation, Independent Medical Opinions,

Nexus Letters and Ratings Reviews. For more information visit

www.VeteransPsychEvaluations.com